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The Seneca Falls Convention: A Lesson Plan
Grade Level: High School
Duration: 1 hour
- Know the history and significance of the Seneca Falls Convention
- Understand the goals and demands of the women's rights movement
- Can analyze primary sources related to the convention
This lesson will be taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, and primary source analysis.
- Primary sources related to the Seneca Falls Convention (available online or in print)
- Whiteboard and markers
- Handouts with discussion questions
Introduction (10 minutes)
The teacher will introduce the Seneca Falls Convention and its significance in the women's rights movement. Students will be asked to brainstorm what they already know about the convention and women's rights.
Lecture (20 minutes)
The teacher will give a brief lecture on the history of the Seneca Falls Convention, including its organizers, attendees, and demands. The lecture will also cover the broader context of the women's rights movement in the 19th century.
Primary Source Analysis (20 minutes)
Students will work in small groups to analyze primary sources related to the Seneca Falls Convention, such as the Declaration of Sentiments. They will be given discussion questions to guide their analysis and will report back to the class with their findings.
Discussion (10 minutes)
The class will come together for a discussion on the significance of the Seneca Falls Convention and its impact on the women's rights movement.
Assessment (10 minutes)
Students will individually write a short reflection on what they learned in the lesson and how it connects to the broader history of women's rights.